Essential Phone’s Android 8.1 beta is now available over-the-air

February 22nd, 2018   decode   news

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone has definitely had a bumpy ride so far, with less than 100,000 units sold last year. But the startup is still supporting its first smartphone, even though it decided against releasing a ‘stable’ Android 8.0 Oreo update for it.

The company is now working on Android 8.1, of which a first beta became available for eager testers exactly one week ago. And starting today there’s a much easier way than before to get it.

Up until now, if you wanted a taste of the Essential Oreo update, you had to manually sideload it to your phone. That’s not something everyone…

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